June 8, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A seven-run fourth inning fueled the Florida State (47-15) offense Friday night as the Seminoles defeated Stanford (41-17) 17-1 in game one the 2012 Tallahassee Super Regional in front of an outstanding crowd of 4,067 on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
With Stanford holding a 1-0 lead through the first 3.5 innings, Florida State broke the game open scoring all 17 runs over the next four innings including 10 runs on two outs as the Seminoles won game one of the Super Regional for just the fourth time in 12 all-time appearances.
Devon Travis paced the Seminole offense on Friday night driving in a career-high six runs, while recording his first multi-home run game of his career. The junior second baseman went 3-for-5 with a single and two home runs. He connected on a two-run shot in the sixth and added a three-run home run in the seventh. Travis was also hit by a pitch and tied a career-high with three runs scored.
James Ramsey also registered three hits in the win as the senior captain collected two singles and a double. He finished with two RBI and two runs scored.
Sherman Johnson and Stephen McGee each recorded two hits. Johnson went 2-for-3 at the plate reaching base on five of his six plate appearances. He scored a career-high four runs while he singled twice, drew two walks and was hit by a pitch. McGee drove in three runs to tie a career-high as the sophomore catcher went 2-for-3 with a single and a double.
The Seminoles finished game one posting 11 hits, 12 walks and five hit-by-pitches against six Cardinal pitchers.
The run support was more than enough for FSU starter Brandon Leibrandt (8-2) who worked 6.0 innings allowing just one run on six hits as he walked two and struck out four.
Despite Stanford putting the leadoff batter on in five of the first six innings, Leibrandt was able to work out of the jams each time picking up key strikeouts and getting timely groundballs which led to double plays in the fifth and sixth innings.
Cardinal start Mark Appel (10-2) suffered just his second loss of the season and first since March 2. The junior right hander was charged with seven runs, five earned, on five hits as he walked four, hit two batters and struck out three in 4.0 innings of work.
Stanford wasted very little time cracking the scoreboard in game one as Jake Stewart doubled down the line in right to lead off the first and scored two batters later on an RBI single through the right side by Stephen Piscotty. The Cardinal recorded three hits in the inning off Leibrandt, but the freshman southpaw held Stanford to just one run as he got Austin Wilson to ground into an inning ending double play, the first of three on the evening.
The Cardinal threatened in the third when Kenny Diekroeger led off the inning with a single to left. After a sac-bunt and a stolen base but Diekroeger at third with one out, Leibrandt got a key groundball to second with the infield playing in off the bat of Danny Diekroeger to keep the runner at third. Leibrandt then struck out Piscotty to end the inning and keep the Stanford lead at 1-0.
The Seminoles left two stranded in the bottom of the third as John Holland led off the inning with a walk and moved to second when Johnson was hit on the leg. FSU could not advance the runners with only one out as Appel recorded back-to-back fly outs to retire the side.
For the third time in the first four innings, Stanford put the lead-off batter on when Brian Ragira recorded his second hit in as many at-bats with an infield single to short. But the hit would go to no avail as Leibrandt retired the next three batters that he faced on a groundout, strikeout and pop out.
Florida State jumped on top of Appel in the fourth scoring seven runs to take a 7-1 lead. Twelve batters came to the plate in the fourth while the inning started with eight consecutive batters reaching base before Stanford recorded its first out. Jayce Boyd took the first pitch of the inning back up the middle for a base hit and moved to third on a well-executed hit and run as McGee singled through the right side of the infield. Appel loaded the bases when he hit Justin Gonzalez in the back on a 1-2 pitch. Josh Delph drove in Boyd for the first run of the inning on a ground ball to short that Kenny Diekroeger bobbled and then threw late over to second. Holland and Jose Brizuela drew back-to-back walks with the bases loaded to plate a run, while Johnson and Travis followed with RBI singles to left. Johnson scored the final run of the inning on a sac-fly to center off the bat of McGee.
The Seminoles added to their lead in the fifth scoring four runs all on two outs to take an 11-1 advantage. Ramsey drove in the first two runs of the inning on a single up the middle with the bases loaded. After a walk to Boyd loaded the bases, McGee and Gonzalez each drew a walk to bring home a run to give the Seminoles a 10-run lead.
Stanford put the lead-off batter on in each of the fifth and sixth innings only to see Leibrandt get double plays in both innings to kill a potential rally. The first two batters to the plate in the fifth reached on a hit-by-pitch and walk, but the Alpharetta, Ga., native got Stewart to ground into a double play at second base and then Danny Diekroeger to line out to Delph in right.
In the sixth, Piscotty and Ragira reached on a walk and a single, respectively, before Wilson sent a groundball to short for a 6-4-3 double play. Leibrandt closed out the inning getting Alex Blandino to strike out swinging.
FSU pushed across three more runs in the bottom of the sixth to increase its lead to 14-1. All three runs came on two outs with two coming on a monster home run off the bat of Travis. The junior second baseman took the first he saw from Sam Lindquist out of the park to left for his first of two home runs on the evening. Ramsey followed with a double and scored two batters later on a double to the gap in left center by McGee.
The Seminoles added three more two out runs in the seventh all coming off the bat of Travis, who left the yard for the second time in as many at-bats. Travis deposited a 0-1 pitch just beyond the wall in left center for his first multi-home run game of his career. Seth Miller and Johnson scored on the home run after reaching on a hit-by-pitch and walk, respectively.
In the seventh, Scantling allowed a hit and a walk while striking out two. Johnson faced the minimum in the eighth as he struck out two. Waugh put the finishing touches on game one as he struck out the side in the ninth.
Florida State returns to the diamond against Stanford for game two of the three-game series on Saturday, June 9 at 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening’s game will air live on ESPN2.
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